Also.Also.Also: Kehlani Identifies as Queer Lil Poly Pansexual Papi and Other Hello Good Mornings

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Y’all we’re not even halfway through 20gayteen yet. Stay hydrated.

Direct Action

This is your weekly reminder to participate in the 12th annual LGBTQ Community Survey! It’s quick and makes a difference and I know several hundred of you have already done it and I THANK YOU. While you’re at it, take another two minutes to join their LGBT research panel for future surveys — some of them are paid opportunities! We’d especially love to hear from QPOC participants! 80+ of you have already signed up for this situation and I THANK YOU AS WELL.

Queer as in F*ck You

Kehlani: ‘I’m Queer. Not Bi, Not Straight’. Kehlani deleted the thread after people pointed out that she’d talked about gender in a problematic way, but the fact remains that she is not straight! Also it’s her birthday!

Girl Talk! How Queer Pop Came Out.

LGBT Rights Are on the Line Today in the Government’s Brexit Bill.

Janelle Monáe Announces Tour.

Miss America 2005 Marries Same-sex Partner In Alabama. This post doesn’t have a single damn picture of the wedding or the couple! Rude.

Welcome to the Hellmouth

Trump’s State Department Erases Reproductive Rights From Human Rights Report.

Police Had Previously Seized Gun Used in Waffle House Shooting.

Doll Parts

Essence Presents 2018’s ‘Woke 100 Women’.

Women Who Watched “The X-Files” Pursued More Careers In STEM.

Saw This, Thought of You

What FDA Approval of CBD Could Mean for the Beauty Industry.

Ask Roxane: I’m Outraged, but Failing at Activism. Why?

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  1. YIKES I honestly am more aware of US politics at the moment than I am of my own… As a British queer, this Brexit bill feels pretty Hellmouth-y to me! Thanks(?) for including it! I’m off to email my MP D:

    • I just did some more reading into it and discovered three things: Firstly, it wasn’t MPs voting, it was the Lords, so that’s my bad, and my writing would have done nothing. Secondly, they voted yesterday, so my writing would have done nothing. But thirdly, and most importantly, the Lords voted to keep the European Charter of Human Rights enshrined in British law! Phew, that was a stressful five minutes, but at least it’s not quite as terrible as it could have been!

  2. for some reason I got quite taken with Miss America 2005’s wedding. Kansas City’s paper had a better article which included that she’s an obgyn and “She proposed on Christmas after they watched Jones’ favorite “Dr. Who” Christmas special.”

  3. I really like Kehlani, and also this quote:

    As for why she identifies as “queer” rather than “gay,” Kehlani wrote, “i felt gay always insisted there was still a line drawn as to which ‘label’ of human i was attracted when i really jus be walking around thinking ERRYBODY FINE.”

    Petition to make “ERRYBODY FINE” an orientation choice on every LGBTQ+ marketing survey ever.

    PS, I took the survey and signed up for the panel thingy. Thanks for the links!

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